The rise and rise of casual gaming

Sep 4th, 2008 | By David Harper | Category: Technology

The Sydney Morning Herald: Much has been written about the “addictive nature” of video games in recent years usually drawing on examples from the online role-playing game World of Warcraft, the notorious Grand Theft Auto series or from adrenalin-fuelled shoot-’em-ups such as Counter-Strike.

It’s not often that anyone talks about talking worms with wide vocabularies, matching coloured gems, playing cards, solving mysteries or bouncing marbles around the screen. Yet these “casual games” are entrancing hundreds of millions of players around the world across platforms as diverse as home PCs, mobile phones, iPods and inflight entertainment systems.

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